Community Events

Alternatives to Policing 5: Verbal De-Escalation

Sunday, September 15, 2019 2 PM – 6 PM

First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ)
2501 Harrison St, Oakland, California 94612

Hosted by: 
  • First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ)
  • Oakland Peace Center
  • Omni Commons
  • Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area
Community security and safety strategies are a critical component to building alternatives to policing and the prison industrial complex. This training will offer folks a chance to learn about the history of community security and safety, dig into some practical verbal de-escalation skills, with an emphasis on intervening in emotional crisis, and practice scenarios they might face in their day to day. Let's build the alternatives we so desperately need together! Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in!

We ask for a sliding scale donation of any amount to support the continued work of the Alternatives to Policing Coalition. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Elliott Fukui has been an organizer, facilitator and trainer for almost 20 years. He has worked as an organizer and trainer with both national and local groups, most recently as a National Organizer for the Transgender Law Center. Elliott has been a community security trainer and coordinator for a decade, and has coordinated teams across the country. He is committed to exploring and developing practices ground in transformative justice, community accountability, and disability justice as a way of creating the world we all deserve. He loves praxis, making maps, and covering 90's music on his ukulele. 


A growing coalition of organizations in the Bay Area is coming together to explore alternatives to calling the police to our campuses and into our neighborhoods. Over the coming year, we will be offering a series of workshops to explore alternatives to calling the police. Some of these workshops will provide deepening analysis and a grounding in alternative ways of thinking about community safety. Others, like this one, will provide practical skills. All of them will lift up a transformative justice framework and emphasize the importance of self care.

The Coalition includes First Congregational Church of Oakland, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Qal'bu Maryam, Jewish Voice for Peace, Skyline Community Church, Oakland Peace Center, Oakland LBGTQ Community Center,  and the Omni Collective. We are eager to partner with additional organizations so please contact us if you are interested!


The space is wheelchair accessible (use the graded sidewalk to access the blue door off the parking lot), and there are ADA restrooms, both binary and single-stall all gender. There is designated accessible parking; however, the accessible entrance is difficult to access if you are not coming by car because it is up a steep hill.  If you use ride share, ask them to drive you up into the lot. Please come scent-free; for information on how to do that, see this FAQ: No incense or sage will be burned. If you have other questions or access needs, please contact us at